2023 program

Below is a highlight of the 2023 program. To view the full program of events, click here.

welcome wunya

It is our great pleasure to bring you Horizon Festival 2023

As the custodians of Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) and Jinibara Country, our role within the festival is twofold: to strengthen the ecology of Kabi Kabi and Jinibara arts and cultural practices, and to position Horizon Festival as a place where you can experience beautiful First Nations work from both local and national First Nations artists, that is deeply connected to Country and community.

First Nations programming beats throughout the heart of the Horizon Festival program in 2023; including our four Traditional Owner Projects.

Please join us, as we move closer towards a future where Kabi Kabi and Jinibara arts and culture are strengthened, reinstated and centred.

Horizon Festival First Nations Advisory Group
Aunty Helena Gulash, Lyndon Davis and Jason Murphy (on behalf of Jinibara)

Welcome to Horizon Festival, a highlight on the It’s Live in Queensland events calendar. We are proud to support events like Horizon Festival through Tourism and Events

Queensland’s Destination Events Program because they bring a welcomed boost to the local community and provide a wonderful opportunity to showcase and experience the Sunshine Coast as a tourism destination.

Be sure to immerse yourself in the local culture and get the opportunity to explore some of our worldclass tourism experiences in this beautiful region.

Congratulations to the event organisers and volunteers – we wish you all the best for a successful event.

The Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Innovation and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement

Horizon Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year for the Sunshine Coast.

Across 10 days and nights,
the multi-arts festival supports the growing and sustainable arts and cultural ecology of our region and is a key deliverable of the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038.

We are proud to present an accessible, inclusive and diverse program this year, with exhibits, performances and events from the coast to the hinterland. We invite you to explore our region, reconnect with friends and family, and support our local businesses, arts workers, and community through this festival.

I look forward to you joining us on the Sunshine Coast this August to experience Horizon Festival, and all our sustainable, healthy, smart and creative region has to offer.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Council

As a festival, we are driven by a passion to celebrate the region, provide a platform to support local artists, and connect communities.

In our eighth Horizon Festival, we are proud to present a program that reflects the ‘here and now’ and are inspired by the stories, energy, and beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

Over 10 days and nights, you’ll experience some of our best local artists, presenting alongside an impressive array of national and internationally renowned acts. All supported by a valued team of organisers, volunteers and partners who make this event a reality.

Immerse yourself in the Sunshine Coast and all it has to offer.

Hannah Clissold, Horizon Festival Director

First Nation artwork projected onto the sand.

opening weekend

Our opening and closing weekends are packed with the very best the festival has to offer – on the coast, in the hinterland and everything in between.



Festival Hub / Free / Kids + Family / Music / Performance

Opening Ceremony

Ceremony / Festival Hub / First Nations / Free / Kids + Family / Music / Performance

closing weekend


Dawn Awakening

Ceremony / First Nations / Free / Kids + Family / Music / Performance / Visual Art

the festival hub + surrounds

Centrally located in Cotton Tree Park, our Festival Hub has a range of free and ticketed events and art experiences for all — including the enchanting Wonderland Spiegeltent.


Festival Hub / Free / Kids + Family / Music / Performance
An acrobat performing.

wonderland speigeltent

for the family


Festival Hub / Free / Kids + Family / Performance / Workshops

Explore more of the coastline

Powerful theatre about sex, consent, and healthy relationships



venture towards the hinterland

homegrown 2023